The Premier Awards are the highest honors that The University of Alabama bestows. The application is open in late fall, and the awards are given in the spring.
The William P. Bloom Scholarship Award honors a junior who has improved intergroup relations within the University community. Awarded annually to a student who has improved relations among disparate groups. Requires an essay that should focus on the University groups of which you have been a part. You should offer specific examples of your promotion of better understanding among diverse individuals and groups. In the past, the award has been approximately $2,500. Requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 and that the student be in good judicial standing.
The Judy Bonner Award recognizes a member of the UA community, student or non-student, who has made extraordinary contributions to the UA community that have positively impacted the undergraduate experience. The recipient will have gone above and beyond normal expectations to change the culture or implement new initiatives. Although the recipient will typically be a student or member of the faculty or staff, others including alumni, departments, and student organizations can be nominated, when warranted. The award includes a monetary sum to support programs benefiting undergraduate students.
The Morris Lehman Mayer Award recognizes one faculty member and one member of the graduating class who exemplify integrity, selfless service and leadership at UA and in the community, while making significant contributions to student life. In addition, student nominees must have minimum grade point averages of 3.3 at the U of A. The essay should include your definition of “community and civic service.” Your discussion of your significant contributions to the quality of life of the student community should incorporate that view of community and civic service. In the past, the award has been approximately $1,500.
The John Fraser Ramsey Award is not exclusively a service, leadership, or academic award; it honors a distinctive type of excellence. The Ramsey recognizes in a junior the versatility of gifts and attainments, as well as the breadth of excellence in mind and character, that have traditionally been the goals of a liberal education. The Ramsey is awarded to a junior with broad interests related to the humanities who has exerted a positive influence on his or her contemporaries. The Ramsey consists of a monetary award of $6,000 and a $5,000 travel award: The Great Ideas Tour (GIT). The GIT is named for the signature class taught by John Ramsey in his 42 years as a history professor at UA and is the opportunity for Ramsey recipients to travel through Europe and discover their own sense of possibility and responsibility within a global humanity. While encompassing aspects of both the best vacation ever and the most demanding study abroad program ever, the GIT is neither. Members of the Ramsey Board help the recipients craft informed, intentional tours that provide authentic encounters and space for reflection with embracing Dr. Ramsey’s joie de vivre.
Because versatility is an important component of the Ramsey Award, the application essay should demonstrate breadth, as well as depth, in academic and nonacademic pursuits, as well as the ways in which applicants have been a positive influence on their contemporaries. The essay should also include a page on what applicants hope to accomplish and experience on the GIT, and why they want to make the tour.
The Catherine J. Randall Award recognizes the most outstanding graduating student scholar based on GPA, rigor of course of study, and extraordinary scholarly or creative endeavor. The essay should explain why the applicant is the most outstanding student scholar on campus. The award is for a minimum of $1,000.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is presented to one man and one women of each year’s graduating class and one non-student who has been helpful to and associated with the University. The Sullivan Award recognizes excellence of character and service to humanity. The recipients of the award will have demonstrated the highest standards of scholarship, leadership, and service. This is considered to be the highest honor the University offers, and is recognized nation wide. The essay should include your definition of “character.” Your discussion of your significant contributions to the University and the community should incorporate that view of character. Requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 and that the student be in good judicial standing.
Note: You are allowed to apply for only one of these awards. Applications are typically due near the end of November each year.
Additional information on these awards and application forms can be found at: http://www.premierawards.ua.edu/.